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BullionVault.com - Gold with an open source soul

Apr 24, 2009, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dj Walker-Morgan)

"Back in 2003, Paul Tustain, founder of BullionVault, wanted to buy some gold and went to Switzerland to do so. It turned out that what was being sold wasn't actually the gold though, but a "promise of a promise" of some gold. This is what is called "unallocated gold" where there are various financial instruments between the buyer and the actual gold. Tustain thought that this wasn't what people wanted to do and inspired by the idea of online betting exchanges, brought together a team to create an online gold exchange which became BullionVault.com. Users can sign up and buy gold, which is physically held in secure vaults in London, Switzerland and New York, hold on to it for a storage fee or sell it, all through an online front end.

"This is called "allocated gold"; outright ownership of the physical metal. The vaults themselves are managed by another company and are so secure that it is almost impossible to get access, even for BullionVault. Users of the BullionVault systems, once they have bought gold, can offer to buy or sell at the price they select and the system matches up buyers and sellers. Now, with 100,000 registered users and 13,000 funded clients using the English, French, German or Italian translations of the site, the service is international and well established."

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